Cherdak Bar, with its honest use of raw materials, makes for a picture perfect bar where one can relive childhood memories with friends.
Owing to its location and the raw materials that have gone into its making, the Cherdak Bar (Attic in English) is a uniquely atmospheric place to unwind in. Located in Minsk Old Town, Belarus, the building where it is housed was reconstructed following damages caused during World War II. The building now accommodates offices on two of the lower floors. Inblum Architects was commissioned to design a bar for the uppermost floor, under the roof.
Setting the tone The architects have left the original brickwork of the structure bare, while the bar counter is executed in the same kind of brick. There are two unique features that characterise the Cherdak Bar. First, it is a multi-functional structure in pine boards, which span across the entire space. It has a bar, a lamp, a shelf and a coat rack. Taken together, these elements turn the space into an 'archetypal attic'. Second, it is a soft seating structure occupying an otherwise unusable space found under a low ceiling.
The architects have carefully picked up materials and objects new and old from different places to accentuate the décor. Brick-shaped pieces of mirror are attached to the wall behind the bar, as well as next to washbasins in the bathroom, while garlands of exposed lightbulbs have been strung around the wooden canopy. The dividing elements "mirror" the sloped ceiling, thereby complementing the space.
Around the world The old-fashioned garland comes from the USA, the bar stools are from brilliant German designers, and the old chairs come from a school in Ireland. A number of armchairs bought in Lithuania and renovated for the bar date back to the Soviet period; other objects come from Swedish flea markets. Architect Dmitrij Kudin says, "Imagine an old attic where you can find all sorts of old things that tell their own story; your secret hideaway from your childhood games. And now, when you are grown up, you come back to it, clean up the space, use the furniture you have found and make a place for yourself and your friends where you can have a drink and chat about the old days."
That is the concept of the bar, now perfectly translated into reality.
The unique soul that the bar radiates owes much to the architects' idea of creating a certain ambience, and executing it meticulously.
Design by: Inblum Architects, Vilnius, Lithuania Team: Dmitrij Kudin, Laura Malcaite
Text: S Iyer photos: Darius Petrulaitis